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Patterson Family Papers (MFM-131)

Identifier: MFM-131

Scope and Contents

A microfilm copy of MS-236 Patterson Family Papers spanning 1780-1970, consisting of correspondence, family histories, photographs, business records, and scrapbooks from two local pioneer families who played an important part in the early development of the Miami Valley: the Pattersons of Dayton and the Johnstons of Piqua. The business records cover the period 1785-1879 and relate to the operation of the Patterson Family farm and lumber mill. Some of Col. Robert Patterson's land surveys and quartermaster records are also included. The correspondence consists of letters between family members and friends, the bulk of which falls within the years 1820-1900. These letters reflect 19th century life and discuss business, family affairs, daily activities, and politics. Of particular interest are the letters to Julia Johnston Patterson from her sons in the Union Army during the Civil War. The scrapbooks are an eclectic collection of newspaper clippings, programs, and memorabilia concerning John H. Patterson, the National Cash Register Company, and local and family history.


  • Creation: 1992


10 microfilm reels (35 mm)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A microfilm reader/scanner is needed to view the microfilm.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original materials are in the Patterson Family Papers (MS-236) located at Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives.

Separated Materials

A duplicate set of the microfilm collection (DB Rolls #2938-2950) are in Special Collections and Archives microfilm cabinets.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA